These peculiar people of conscience develop such convictions firstly on that most logical principle (that need not be religiously based at all) wherein a woman’s cyclic fertility is considered a healthy state of being. On the contrary, it is infertility that is considered the diseased state. What fanatical and religious nonsense, right? We so-called “religious nuts” also believe that women’s bodily integrity and personal dignity are best protected by an attitude of respecting a woman’s naturally occurring cycles of fertility, rather than alter such processes with carcinogenic toxins. Even more astounding, we actually consider the conception of new life and the propagation of the human race a good thing. What could be more intolerable? Perhaps an edict should be enforced to prevent such madness
Yes, contraceptives are definitely preventative health care. Many of the women using contraceptives are teenagers who cannot always afford the cost of the pill. Classifying the pill as preventative health care would make it very affordable if not free under most insurance plans. An unwanted pregnancy would result in far more expense for either an abortion or going full term and having a hospital delivery. You would also keep from bringing an unwanted child into the world.
YES, I feel that contaceptive's are preventive health care. Because, this could prevent a women from having a baby that should not have a baby. What I mean is a woman with a pre-existing disease that may be passed on to offspring. So this is preventing illness by using the birth control.
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Much of my arguments are laid out there as well as the con. But since I have to hit 50 words, I'll just post this. It's just one line of argument but, to me, is a clear point.
Being pregnant is a not a detrimental health issue and pregnancy prevention is not a goal of preventive care. Being sexually active is a lifestyle choice. Therefore, the onus to do so responsibly falls on the individual. Going to the gym and working out has great benefits to health. In fact, regular exercise helps to control weight (less strain on joints and bones), combats heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol (actual health problems that preventive care seeks to prevent/mitigate), improves mental health, and provides more energy and better rest.(1) All of these things fall under the tenant of preventive care, yet a gym membership is not covered under preventive care by insurance companies. Why? Because it is a lifestyle choice and personal responsibility.
Women certainly have the right to decide when to have children. However, there are multiple methods for family planning, which this brief explanation will not focus on (and I am not referring to total abstinence or the rhythm method, if you are curious, look up NFP). What I will focus on, is the claim that birth control is preventative health care. According to Mosby's Medical Dictionary, preventative health care is defined as, "a pattern of nursing and medical care that focuses on DISEASE prevention and health maintenance. It includes early diagnosis of DISEASE, discovery and identification of people at risk of development of specific PROBLEMS, counseling, and other necessary intervention to avert a health problem. Screening tests, health education, and immunization programs are common examples of preventive care." By the very definition of preventative health care, placing birth control under preventative health care defines pregnancy- what is being prevented- as a disease. Pregnancy is a natural and absolutely necessary part of the human life cycle- to call it a disease would be absurd. Preventative health care deals only with the prevention and early detection of diseases. Birth control actually stops the natural and healthy cycle of a woman's fertility, so it is also preventing a woman's fertility from acting in its natural cycle-therefore defining a woman's fertility as a disease as well. In fact, the use of birth control can actually lead to a greater risk of disease. According to Chris Kahlenborn of Mayo Clinic, twenty one out of twenty three studies done have shown that the use of birth control has been linked to higher risks of breast cancer. In situations for the pill is used for "medical" reasons, the pill merely covers up the symptoms of the fertility problem and fails to actually treat the fertility problem, resulting in complicated fertility problems down the road. Patients, and often even doctors, fail to realize that there are hormone treatments available to patients who are often put on the pill for medical reasons. These hormone treatments are natural and actually fix the problem. Birth control is often seen as a one size fits all solution for both family planning and medical problems with women's cycles. Placing birth control under the category of preventative care defines both a woman's fertility and pregnancy as a disease. It is about time that doctors began exploring other treatments for women; women deserve it.